The current Duke's father started the Stud in 1948. The Stud consists of 132 acres and currently has fifteen resident thoroughbred brood mares. The colts and a few fillies tend to be sold as yearlings. Some of the fillies are kept to run under the Duke's colours.
One of the most successful horses Floors Stud has bred was Attraction. Her record of ten wins from fifteen starts, including five Group I’s, place her up with the very best horses in recent years, and she is certainly the finest racehorse ever bred in Scotland. Her wins include the 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes. She was European Champion Two-Year Old Filly and British Champion Two-Year Old Filly. Read her full story here.
Attraction's success has continued as a broodmare. Her first two foals were both winners. Her 2012 yearling (by Oasis Dream) sold at Newmarket for 420,000 guineas and has gone in to training with Aiden O'Brien.
Mention must also be given to the bay gelding Viva Pataca. Bred by the Dukes of Roxburghe and Devonshire from the stud mare Comic, Viva Pataca was sold abroad in 2005. His success in Hong Kong has been phenomenal. Having nine major wins including the Hong Kong Derby, the Queen Elizabeth Cup and the Hong Kong Gold Cup. His winnings at the time of retirement were just under £6 million.
Currently Racing in the Duke's Colours
Federation – Motivator ex Flirtation
2nd in the Group 3 Hillsborough Stakes and placed twice in a listed races.
Cushion – Galileo ex Attraction
Placed in three starts at 2 years old
Fusion – Cape Cross ex Flirtation
Yet to fulfil her potential
Attraction - Efisio ex Flirtation
Bedara – Barathea ex Cutting Reef
Blinking – Marju ex Comic
Comic – Be My Chief ex Circus Act
Demisemiquaver – Singspiel ex Miss d’Ouilly
Dusty Answer – Zafonic ex Dust Dancer
Finchley – Machiavellian ex Baya
First Exhibit – Machiavellian ex My Emma
Flirtation – Pursuit of Love ex Eastern Shore
Helter Helter – Seeking The Gold ex Moon Queen
Kindling – Dr Fong ex Isle of Flame
Lady Glinka – Galileo ex Lady Karr
Maid To Dream – Oasis Dream ex Maid For The Hills
Night Frolic – Night Shift ex Miss d’Ouilly
Quiet Protest –Kingmambo ex Rosa Parks
Steeple – Selkirk ex Contralto
Titivation – Montjeu ex Flirtation
Floors Stud is run by four member of staff. Stud Manager, David Trouton, grew up with hunters and has worked in breeding for twenty years. Second Man, Peter Henderson, has worked at Floors Stud for twenty-one years and was a point-to-point jockey in a previous life. Gareth Ford gave up a career in joinery to follow his passion for horses and racing. Recently married, Joanna McNulty has always worked with horses.